Walz Cycling Caps (Product Review and Giveaway)

11 Mar

When I was a young man (back when the planet was still cooling and dinosaurs roamed the earth) my best friend and I had a lengthy conversation about the worst automobile drivers in America. We came to the conclusion the most dangerous drivers were “old men who wear hats” (by the way, my friend is nearing retirement age, now lives in Florida and wears a hat—just sayin’). That being said, I try to avoid wearing any sort of head covering except for my bicycle helmet. However, when the folks at Walz Cycling Caps sent me one of their products for review I had to reconsider my opinion about hats and caps. While I will never look as good wearing a cycling cap as Yehuda Moon does, there is something about them that is just plain cool. If you would like to see how cool you can look in a cycling cap just read the last paragraph of this article to find out how to enter our latest contest.

Walz Wool Cycling Caps

Walz Cycling Caps

Walz Caps is located in Oceanside, California and they specialize in manufacturing quality cycling caps—in fact, that is all they make. The cap they sent me (the one in the photo above) is made of 100% wool and is incredibly soft. Walz Caps makes these wool caps in over two dozen different colors and patterns, including tweed, houndstooth, herringbone—they even have a few that only mad dogs and Englishmen would love. If wool is not your style, Walz Caps also makes caps in cotton or a moisture wicking 100% circular knit polyester. These caps are thin enough to be worn under your cycling helmet.

The majority of caps sold by Walz Caps retail for $20, but you can have your cap personalized for a small additional charge. If you really want to get fancy they can customize your cap with embroidery, screen-printing or even full dye sublimation (great for cycling clubs). Walz Caps offers free shipping in the United States and they will ship internationally via USPS first class international mail.

Regular readers know that I seldom keep the products that are sent to me for review. While my grubby little hands did touch this cap while I was photographing it, I did not wear it because I wanted to be able to give it away (and no one wants a used cycling cap). In prior contests I had readers choose a number within a certain range and then used a random number generator to select the winner. However, because the snow biking season is almost over I am in a strange mood—so the rules for this contest are a bit different. If you would like to win this beautiful cycling cap then leave a comment below telling me why you need this cap. The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Friday, March 15, 2013. After the contest closes I will read through the comments and choose a winner based solely on my incredibly subjective mood at the time. I probably won’t respond to the comments left below, but I promise to read and consider every one of them. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. I will send this product to the winner via U.S. Mail at my expense. Good luck!


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50 responses to “Walz Cycling Caps (Product Review and Giveaway)

  1. billgncs

    March 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    I don’t need it, but I would give it a try.

  2. Adam C. Henderson

    March 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Well sure, I’ll give it a go. My bald dome gives me (at least) three reasons: a) I need to keep the sweat out of my eyes, b) I ride where there are bugs, and they can make a real mess when I ride through a swarm of them, and c) black, as we all know, is a “slimming color,” have you seen the size of my mellon? I need all the help I can get! (Thanks for the offer!)

  3. JordyB

    March 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I’d love to win and wear it because its always cold in Alaska! Its currently snowing and I love wool. It would keep my dome toasty warm during those long fatbike rides and my fatbike thinks I look sexy in a cycling cap too! ;p

  4. Jack C.

    March 11, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    So I can look awesome!

  5. n6vfpAlan Stanley

    March 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    I’m starting to be one of those ‘old men’ (I’m 65) but don’t wear a cap (yet). Probably I should because of my thinning hair (the comb seems to get great joy by removing numerous strands of gray every time I try to look presentable) and with the harsh sun of the Southern California mountains and desert region, I don’t need a sunburn. I’m not bald yet, and that cap might just help to keep my dome a bit hairier (is that really a word?) for a while longer

  6. Rhea

    March 11, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I need this because I’d be prouder of my 1st cycling cap if you decided to give it to me versus if I bought one for myself, even at this affordable $20 base price. (I like your new giveaway method. Do it more often, it’s more fun than the number generator)

  7. hughonabike

    March 11, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    I don’t need it but I want it anyway. I’m also an non resident which makes me want it even more.

  8. bgddyjim

    March 11, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    My need for that cycling cap began a bit more than 42 years ago when I was born to the son and daughter of immigrants, parents who eventually sat me on the toilet sideways, by the way (!). You see, I was born with an amazing head of hair. When cut and well maintained, said hair is glorious, wavy and beautiful. Having this beautiful head of hair is however, also A CURSE! You see, and you might want to grab a box of tissues at this point, my amazingly glorious hair is more water repellant than a duck’s ass. When I ride my road bike sweat drips mercilously into my eyes! To make this horror story complete, my local bike shop only carries cheap cotton cycling caps with the World Champion rainbow on them! Please give me a moment to compose myself, my tears are threatening to short-circuit my keyboard… Ok, I’m back… In any event, if I were to win just this simple cycling cap and it worked to save my eyes while blistering about Michigan’s (you’re own HOME STATE, btw) roads, I might be able too, with YOUR HELP – for the first time in my short cycling career, get over my phobia of society putting a stigma on me if I buy a product online rather than exclusively from my LBS which is amplified by the fact that my grandparents were immigrants and my mom sat me on the toilet sideways! Think of the service you would be providing the good old US of A!

    You (and Walz) could be that guy! (Sniffle, sniff).

    • Walt Out West

      March 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      It’ll be okay, man. We, the foliclly challenged, stand with you. Sweat rolls right off of my shiny pate. I feel for you.

    • Cherry

      March 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      hahahaha!!! ….. have you considered … shaving it?

      • bgddyjim

        March 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        LOL!!! Oh HELL NO!!! I do keep it quite short though.

  9. Chris Major

    March 11, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    I would like the cap because I have lost my identity, I had long flowing hair and a hell of a beard. I was affectionately know as pirate Chris but against my better judgment It was all lopped off. I was convinced to remove the lot for charity and when I did it simply didn’t grow back to its former glory. My hair resembles and old staircase carpet all threadbare in the middle. Since then strange things have happened, I got a steel cyclocross bike and have started wearing Lycra, I think the cap could complete my transition from a mtbing rocker to old school racer.

    Not so pirate Chris

  10. Chatter Master

    March 11, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    I need my husband to wear it!

  11. unsportywomencanrun

    March 11, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    He he, I’m not quite as old as the earth cooling but I’m getting there 🙂 I like reading your blog and your enthusiasm for your sport. I’m not a cyclist so don’t need to be in the running for the cap. Every time I see a Mamil I think of you, I hadn’t heard that expression before.

  12. christov10

    March 11, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    My Basque beret won’t fit under my cycling helmet and the weather’s still variably cold and springlike here in semi-rural Middle Tennessee.

  13. Charles Huss

    March 11, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    It’s funny but when I was young I also linked old men with hats to slow drivers. Just commenting. I don’t wear hats unless I need to keep my ears from freezing.

  14. elisariva

    March 11, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I am donating my entry to Jim. If anything based in pure creativity and it is colder in Michigan than Ohio!

  15. stumblingtowardgrace

    March 11, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    I’m donating my entry to bgddyjim too because he made me laugh so early in the morning. Even though I’d love to win it. However I recognize defeat when I see it 🙂

  16. Paul Beattie

    March 11, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    As someone who no longer has an issue with hair, I would also like to donate my entry to Jim, for nothing other than sheer cheek, and a remembrances of things past (my hair)

    Paul (Norn Iron – where it may not be as cold, but it *is* as wet)

  17. marylouharris

    March 11, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I’m thinking ahead to a clever gift for my husband who indulges in cycling gear – but doesn’t have a cycling hat.

  18. Ryan

    March 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I need this hat because I live in WI and we need all the fashion help we can get!

    Hat looks awesome.


    • All Seasons Cyclist

      March 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      I live in Illinois just south of the Wisconsin border (AKA, The Cheddar Curtain). And yes, Wisconsin folks need all the fashion help they can get (First tip: Stop wearing those Green Bay football jerseys). 🙂

  19. anniebikes

    March 11, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I want to see if I look as cool as Yehuda Moon does in a cycling cap. I’ve never tried one on my head, though I love baseball caps for when the sun occasionally shines in Vermont. Also, my hair is thinning which is giving me a fright. (I thought that only happened to guys.) Give this girl a try.

  20. MrChad

    March 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    The waffle pattern sunburns that I acquirer on my head are beginning to affect the relationship I have with my children, the scary pattern is frightening to them…please donate the hate to me, and if not for me – do it for the children!

  21. 16incheswestofpeoria

    March 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I have always worn a cap or hat. If I go outside without one, I feel as though I’ve forgotten what others might consider a more vital piece of clothing. Yet the only thing I have for under my helmet is a dew rag. Which is, most emphatically, neither cap nor hat. Please, All Seasons Cyclist, you’re my only hope (of getting a fine cap like this for no more trouble than penning these few lines).

  22. acoxy1

    March 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Well I am bald as well. But I am 23 yo without a choice given my genes!!! I am also a broke, self paying college student with the only thing keeping my net worth positive are my bikes. It is a sad and awesome predicament.

  23. scarver

    March 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I’m as uncool as they get. So this cap would fit in well with my bike and lifestyle.

  24. Mike M.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Because a cycling cap that stylish needs a really good home, er, dome … mine.

  25. Dave Buscarello

    March 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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    I've got a bike
    You can ride it if you like
    It's got a basket
    A bell that rings
    And things to make it look good
    I'd give it to you if I could
    But I borrowed it
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  26. Barwin

    March 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    … because I ordered one…!

  27. Walt Out West

    March 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Love these hats. Have one of my own that I love just wearing around. My wife hates it.

  28. Kim (@kim_harding)

    March 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Here in Scotland the sun is always low to horizon so I need a Walz Cycling Cap to keep it out of my eyes, it also works for liquid sunshine and snow…

  29. eslags

    March 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I certainly don’t need it, but I’ve always wanted to try a cycling hat, and never wanted to shell out cash for something that wasn’t a cycling necessity (what can I say, I’m poor and frugal).

  30. Chris Buchanan

    March 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    As a kid growing up in California that hat would have saved me from several sunburns. As a Soldier living in Germany one never knows what kind of weather is going to hit. It could be sun in the morning and rain or snow on the ride home. The Walz cap would be exactly what I need on my commuting journey to and from work every day.

  31. welshcyclist

    March 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    At 62, it’s about time this bicycle commuter became cool. Do me a favour bring Walz cap coolness to South Wales. Cheers.

  32. Brian Y.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Hey, I’m in Vermont and we’re different just like Waltz caps. And being in Vermont we need wool clothing all year long. So I need this wool cap to go with my wool underwear, wool shirt and wool pants and wool vest. Its no wonder there aren’t many sheep remaining in Vermont, we shaved them all, they got cold, amd moved south!

  33. DummyDiva

    March 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I need this cap because after packing up all my stuff and moving, still 4 months later I CANNOT find the Walz cap I had just bought!

  34. Irish Katie

    March 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    I am in awe of Jim’s response. If I won it I would give it to him haha.

  35. ohlefty

    March 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    My story is almost exactly the same as DummyDiva’s, except that I ended up not moving, unpacking everything, and still can’t figure out where all my hats went!
    Now, more importantly, where does one buy a creepy styrofoam head?

  36. Brcire

    March 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    A cycling cap is PRO. It is classic. It completes the kit. You wear one, you gain an extra edge over your competitors. They believe you to be faster and stronger with a smooth pedal stroke that dances flawlessly, everything on your bike works better than theirs, your line is the best, you know when to open the sprint, they always default to you on the group ride. But most importantly, when you have that cap on, you believe it all yourself.

  37. peradelio

    March 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    My lady Kayla needs a cap. She has a helmet now–thank God–but can’t seem to find the right cap to pair with it. I recently bought one from Swift Industries and love it. Kayla ALMOST got one too but said, “I don’t want to look like your twin.” This Walz cap even matches her helmet! She’d love to win because we’re a huge fan of small business and we love to talk about the wonderful folks that make wonderful things.

  38. Rob Z

    March 13, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    To keep my head warm.

  39. scarver

    March 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Normally, I would use a tin foil hat to stop alien mind probes, but this one looks retro enough that I think the aliens would leave me alone. Plus, I like the cap.

  40. siwhi

    March 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    As a Brit and therefore excluded BOO !! Can I vote for Jim ? Of course if you relax your US only geographical restriction I really need the cap to wear while training in the snow for my upcoming charity ride from Paris to London. Oh and do Walz have a UK distributor?

  41. canadianinjersey

    March 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I’ve admired these caps in the LBS, particularly because I’ve been wearing wool cycling gear since the 70s. I started with a merino wool jersey and wool (itchy wool, not merino) cycling shorts — remember those? I’m still wearing my first wool jersey and — finally — have been able to add more wool to my cycling wardrobe. For 20 years I got laughed at when I asked for wool jerseys in the bike shops. Now I’m actually en vogue with my (unintentionally) retro steel road bike and my wool jerseys. (But no more wool cycling shorts, thanks anyway.)

  42. MikeW

    March 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Looks good for warmth with cooling potential with the wind blowing through those fibers. Bit of style thrown in too. Nice review.

  43. All Seasons Cyclist

    March 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

  44. Sandra

    March 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Yay, Jim won!!!

  45. zawest20122013

    April 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Reblogged this on zawest20122013's Blog and commented:
    Who knows, maybe a new addition to the recumbent clothing. It does look like it would help with the sun glare for sure.


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